History and Genealogy
Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa
By George William Fitch, 1910 B. F. Bowman and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
Transcribed by Nancy Piper
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER I- IOWA ANTIQUITIES
One of the Largest Counties Ever Organized-Organization as Now Bounded - Selection of County Seat-Establishment of Fort Atkinson First Subdivisions of County-s-Early Timber Tracts-Prairie Land-The Streams of the County - Character of Soil-First Settlers-First County Officers-Congressional Representatives-First Acts of County Commissioners-Census of 1850--.Establishment of Roads-Modern Improvement of Highways-More Early Settlers.
Governor Larrabee Recites His Harrowing Experience While on a Land-Hunting Trip-Lost in a Snow Storm-A Civil War Episode-Hoover and the Bear -Anthony Thompsons Experiences-Lorenzo Dutton.
CHAPTER V-PIONEER HOMES, AMUSEMENTS AND RECREATIONS ~ 109
The Building of a "House" -Early Culinary Methods-Abundance of Wild Game-A Spirit of Good Fellowship-Amusements and Recreations-Spelling Contests-Singing Schools-Hunting.
CHAPTER VI-COURT HOUSES, JAIL AND POOR FARM ~ 115
Donation of Ground-Construction of First Court House-First Judges--construction of a Jail-Burning of Court House-Controversy Over Location of County Seat-Rebuilding of Court House at West Union-Enlargement of Court House-New Jail Building-Fayette Countys Poor-Purchase of the Second Farm - Soldiers Relief Commission.
CHAPTER VII-GERMAN AMERICAN CITIZENS AND OTHER FOREIGN SETTLERS ~ 127
The Teutonic Wanderlust--Germans Prove Desirable Citizens-Their Characteristics-The Foreign Population-The Negroes.
CHAPTER VIII-PUBLIC UTILITIES ~ 133
Efforts to Secure Railroads-Public Meetings-Public Subscriptions-The Chicago Great Western-Electric Railways-Telegraph, Telephone and Express Companies in Fayette County-e-Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad-The West Union Branch.
CHAPTER IX-FAYETTE OOUNTY LAWYERS ~ 144
William McClintock - M. V. Burdick-Eber G. Byarn - Carman A. Newcomb-Jacob W. Rogers --L. L. Ainsworth-Milo McGlathery -S. S. Ainsworth- S. B. Zeigler-Joseph Hobson-William B. Lakin -Henry Rickel- C. H. Millar - John P. Ellis- O. W. Rogers- William V. Allen- W. A. Hoyt- C. H. Quigley- L. M. Whitney-Reuben Nobler-Samuel Murdock-E. H. Williams-Charles T. Granger-Lawyers Admitted Since 1875-Present Members of Bar.
CHAPTER X-THE PRESS OF FAYETTE COUNTY ~ 152
The Fayette County Pioneer-Many Early and Short-Lived Publications "Andy" Felt-Fayette County Union-West Union Gazette-The Argo-Hobson Brothers -Educational Review-Fayette Journal- Mrs. D. Alexander-Iowa Postal Card Reporter- Waucoma Sentinel-Arlington News-Oelwein Register -Clermont Enterprise-Maynard News-Hawkeye Beacon-Elgin Echo-Westgate Herald-Other Papers Which Have Appeared and Disappeared.
CHAPTER XI-THE MEDICAL PROFESSION ~ 162
Early-day Preparations for the Practice of Medicine-First Regular Instructions-Establishment of Medical Colleges-Pioneer Physicians of Fayette County-Dr. G. C. Parker the First Physician Here-s-Others Who Were Prominent in Early Days-Present Board of United States Pension Examiners--Fayette County Medical Society-List of Present-day Physicians.
CHAPTER XII~FFICIAL HONORS-ROSTER OF COUNTY OFFICERS ~ 172
Early Political Conditions-Congressmen---:Members of the Legislature-County Commissioners and School Fund Commissioners--County Judges- County Supervisors-Clerks of Court-Prosecuting Attorneys-County Attorneys-Auditors-c-Recorders and Treasurers- Superintendent of Schools -Sheriffs-Surveyors-Coroners.
CHAPTER XIII-WAR.OF THE REBELLION ~ 181
Introductory-Mutterings of Internal Strife--Secession Sentiment Not Tolerated in Fayette County-War Meetings Held-First Meeting for Enlistments -Company F, Third Iowa Regiment-e-war Meeting at West Union--Enrollments-Flag Presentations-Soldiers; Bounties-Fayette County Reunion Association-Third Iowa Regiment-Rosters of Fayette County Soldiers in Civil War and Commands in Which They Served.
CHAPTER XIV-EDUCATIONAL HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY ~ 261
The Old Log School House Now Only a Memory-Magnitude of Present School System-Public Schools in Fayette-Fayette Seminary--Teachers-Upper Iowa University-University Recruits-Presidents of the Institution.